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Ellen is a writer, actress, and filmmaker, and she's writing this in third person, so buckle up. 

Ellen is about to release a short film called "Ellen Needs Insurance" about one actor's struggle to qualify for health care, which is unfortunately very topical in the middle of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA/WGA dual strike. She's also working on a spec rom com called Front of House about the trials of dating one of your coworkers. Her other spec pilots include a murder mystery comedy called Grace and Grammy Solve A Mystery, and a comedy set at a hedge fund called Lindsay Capital.  

In March 2020, Ellen co-authored the humor Cinderella & the Glass Ceiling and Other Feminist Fairy Tales. The book is based on the sketch show Femme Fairy Tales, which she co-wrote with Laura Lane (Ellen and Laura wrote the book together as well). Femme Fairy Tales ran for a year at the UCB Theatre in New York and Los Angeles; the book was optioned by Guamont Television and Freebird Films


Ellen frequently collaborates with Jay Wolff; you can check out their work here. They released a short film called Now Connecting about the trials of dating during quarantine; the whole film was made over zoom in New York in April 2020. They also created the web series OMGHI, which enjoyed a successful viral run, and they're currently working on a heist comedy feature film set in their home state of Missouri.

As an actor, Ellen most recently appeared on the FOX show "Let's Be Real" and the Netflix sitcom "Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!" She spent six seasons on How To Get Away with Murder as the recurring character Ms. Chapin, a totally helpless law student. Her other acting credits include IAMA Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, countless sketch shows, and three lines on One Life to Live. She wrote and produced the short film No Limes, which is a love letter to her sisters, who are pretty great. 

Ellen has a cat named Sally Field and a husband named Dru Johnston. She runs marathons, listens to a lot of podcasts, and is a big fan of the USWNT. 

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